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Folks, we're really gonna have to pull together to support Cephus on this one. He's going to be so heart-broken.

http://www.suntimes.com/output/rosenthal/cst-ftr-phil24.html

'It's time to move on,' Dan Rather reports

November 24, 2004

BY PHIL ROSENTHAL TELEVISION CRITIC

And then the second anchor dropped. CBS News' embattled Dan Rather -- who, along with fellow network anchormen Tom Brokaw of NBC and Peter Jennings of ABC, was part of a veritable Mt. Rushmore of television news that remained intact for more than 20 years in a business where 13 weeks is a lifetime -- said Tuesday he will leave "The CBS Evening News" in March.

"I have decided it is time to move on," Rather told viewers during his Tuesday newscast. "It has been and remains an honor to be welcomed into your home each evening, and I thank you for the trust you've given me."

No successor to Rather was named, a sharp contrast to NBC's handling of Brokaw's imminent exit from "The NBC Nightly News," scheduled for next Wednesday. Brian Williams was named Brokaw's replacement 2-1/2 years ago. For that matter, when Rather succeeded Walter Cronkite in 1981, he was named to the job a year in advance.

(The story is kinda long so I didn't post it all)
 

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We will still see that loser on 60 Minutes, which I gave up on years ago.

And, I will bet he will do some special reports that will rival Michael more in dishonesty and bias.
 

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I am sure it won't really be a problem for him. He will take all his money and laugh all the way to the bank I sure his was a very lucrative job.
 

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Here is a newletter I get from rathergate.com

Dear Friend,

Despite what you may have seen in the news today - Dan Rather is NOT retiring - and it's up to us to make sure that he's being held accountable.

What we see today is another example of the media elites protecting one of their own - Dan Rather gets to give up the anchor chair at CBS News - but he'll remain on the CBS payroll, as a correspondent, and get this - an INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER, for of all programs, 60 Minutes.

The arrogance of CBS is amazing. They still have not released the results of their investigation into the memo scandal - even though it was promised in "weeks, not months." (note: it's been just over 2 months) They're even giving Rather five months to "ease on out."

We're launching another fax campaign aimed at CBS affiliates. You can participate by clicking here.

Tell all the CBS affiliates that 1) they must release the results of the investigation - and 2) Dan Rather must NOT remain at CBS.

Now is our chance - over the next few days, every CBS affiliate in the country will report on the impending "retirement" and spend hours on the air painting Dan Rather as one of the great investigative journalists in history.

It's up to us to help set that record straight. Click here to send your fax.

Again, I thank you for your effort, and your support. You?re driving a new media revolution ? and I?m proud to have a ringside seat.

Best,

Mike Krempasky
Rathergate.com

P.S. Remember - the history of Dan Rather's career is being written right now - make sure it tells the truth!
 

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DADDY WARBUCKS
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As some point this guy had enough dough. He had an agenda and wanted a legacy.

I hope his legacy is as tainted as Clinton's.
 

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Glad he's going, but whatever happened to Connie Chung?:dunno:
 

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Dan's fall is Nixonian
New York Daily News ^ | 11/24/04 | Michael Goodwin


Posted on 11/24/2004 7:58:12 AM PST


To the end, Gunga Dan liked to play the part of the crusading journalist, a regular reporter just digging up the facts. That was his TV persona. In real life, his hubris made him more like Richard Nixon than Walter Cronkite. And like Nixon, the coverup was his downfall. The CBS announcement that Dan Rather will give up his anchor chair in March made zero mention of Rathergate, the big-time blunder in which he used fake documents to charge that President Bush got favored treatment in the National Guard 30 years ago.

I guess we're supposed to believe it was mere coincidence that Rather is packing even before the network's probe is released. Or we're supposed to believe that, as Rather claimed, he and his bosses had been discussing his retirement over the summer.

Whatever. The fact-fudging was perfectly consistent with the dishonest way CBS handled the story from Day One.

First it lied by saying the documents it used on the tainted Sept. 8 broadcast had been authenticated by experts. In fact, three of the four experts said they warned the network they could not be certain all the documents were real.

Still, CBS dug in its heels, making the ridiculous claim that even if the documents were bogus, the gist of the story was true. It introduced a shocking new journalism standard - a "preponderance of the evidence" to justify going with the National Guard story.

Bad as all that was, Rather managed to make it worse. He went on the offensive against bloggers and others raising questions, smearing them with sweeping charges of partisanship. "I don't cave when the pressure gets too great from these partisan political ideological forces," he told The Washington Post. He told The Wall Street Journal that doubters attacked the documents "because they can't deny the fundamental truths of the analysis."

It was rancid hypocrisy, given that it was Rather who, in the eyes of many Americans, had turned CBS into a subsidiary of the Democratic Party. And for such a media bigwig to accuse anyone who doubted him of political bias only fed the eat-the-media frenzy, where every story was being viewed through blue state/red state divisions.

It was all so, well, Nixonian: Accuse your critics of partisanship and wrap yourself in the flag. A younger Rather had a famous run-in with Nixon, but apparently he learned something from the disgraced President. Tricky Dick became Tricky Dan.

Indeed, when the public outcry forced CBS to retract the Bush story nearly two weeks after it ran, the network said only that it could not authenticate the documents. It has never admitted they were fake. Ever since it gave the probe into what went wrong to two independent executives, the network has gone silent on the subject.

Having outsourced its ethics and all responsibility for accountability, Rather & Co. pretended it was business as usual during the final six weeks of the campaign.

In one sense, it was. Even as the network planned an election-eve hit on Bush's management of the war in Iraq, its ratings continued to fall. Mired in a distant third place in a three-network race, it was sometimes outdrawn by Fox cable.

Maybe that embarrassment prompted the knock on Dan's door. After all, TV news is a big business, and Rather was proving no better at that than he was at gathering the facts.
 

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The lying prick, I hope the door does hit him on the way out. Sixty Minutes II, well we know that show won't be able to be trusted. What a freaken joke.
 
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